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Hillsborough County deputies charge man with murdering younger brother

TAMPA — Five days after the body of a man was found in woods near Thonotosassa Road, police arrested the victim's 28-year-old brother and charged him with second-degree murder. They are also searching for a third man who was last seen with the victim.

Derrick Eugene Cullins of 1810 Humphrey St. attacked his brother, 21-year-old Carl G. Walters, in their home sometime after 7 p.m. last Sunday or Monday, the arrest report said.

Concerned when she didn't hear from her son in several days, Walters' mother reported him missing on Friday to the Tampa Police Department.

Three days earlier, a passer-by saw the body of a man at 6416 Thonotosassa Road and reported it to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which was unable to identify him at the time.

When police were able to confirm Walters was the man found in the wooded area, they searched his home for evidence and found the carpet, sofa cushions and fabric from the sofa had been taken.

During an interview, police discovered Cullins had cuts on his fingers and buttocks, blood drippings on his clothes and shoes and a bite mark on his chest.

Police also reviewed surveillance tape of Cullins making a purchase on April 6 about 4 to 5 miles away from where Walters body was found the next day.

Ryan Jerard Darkins Davis, 20, was seen with Walters on Sunday and detectives have not been able to find him.

He is considered missing and endangered.

If you have any information, call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.

Hillsborough County deputies charge man with murdering younger brother 04/11/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 11, 2009 10:29pm]
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